What Defiles a Person

14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, (A)“Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 (B)There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”[a] 17 And when he had entered (C)the house and left the people, (D)his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then (E)are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart (F)but his stomach, and is expelled?”[b] ((G)Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, (H)“What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, (I)murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, (J)sensuality, (K)envy, (L)slander, (M)pride, (N)foolishness. 23 (O)All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

The Syrophoenician Woman's Faith

24 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.[c] And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26 (P)Now the woman was a (Q)Gentile, (R)a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And he said to her, “Let the children be (S)fed first, for it is not right to take the children's bread and (T)throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's (U)crumbs.” 29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may (V)go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 7:15 Some manuscripts add verse 16: If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear
  2. Mark 7:19 Greek goes out into the latrine
  3. Mark 7:24 Some manuscripts omit and Sidon

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